The church of the Visoki Dečani Monastery in Kosovo
The church of the Visoki Dečani Monastery in Kosovo. Image: Pudelek Wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0

NATO Quint members urge Kosovo to solve the issue of a new road passing an Orthodox monastery

Nato Quint members from the United States, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom have urged the Government of Kosovo to “expeditiously” solve the issue of a new road passing the Orthodox monastery Visoki Dečani.

The full statement:

“On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Ambassadors or Charges d’Affaires of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, together with representatives from the EU, KFOR, and OSCE, visited the Decan/i region on a fact finding trip. They met separately with Mayor Bashkim Ramosaj and Father Sava Janjic of the Decani Monastery.  We call on parties to strictly adhere to Kosovo’s laws, in particular the 2008 law on the Special Protective Zones, and to address any remaining concerns within the framework of the Implementation Monitoring Council (IMC), prior to taking any action. Furthermore, we urge the Kosovo authorities to implement the Constitutional Court ruling of 19 May 2016 on the land dispute case in Decani. Finally, we request the Government of Kosovo to expeditiously resolve the road works issue in accordance with the above.”

Sources: Exit News and U.S. Embassy in Kosovo.

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